Does downing a few frothy beers help with lactation? Christina Aguilera might think so.
The New York Post reported that breastfeeding new Mom Christina Aguilera was spotted enjoying a cold one at a swank bar in Los Angeles. While some of us Moms swore off the alcohol during our breastfeeding days, many of us believed that refreshing rumor: What's on tap actually helps our "tap" flow. Is this just one of those crazy myths created by a Mom who really, really needed a drink?
We asked friend of momlogic pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson this beer query. "Beer has long been rumored to help increase a breastfeeding mother's milk supply. This has nothing to do with the alcohol content--rather, it is the yeast and barley that have been given credit for enhancing milk production. But alcohol often has the opposite effect: decreasing milk supply."
Although the occasional drink is OK for a breastfeeding Mom, Dr. Cara recommends the old "pump and dump the next feed," if you start feeling at all tipsy.
Do you think beer and breastfeeding mix?